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Hopkins and Kovalev hold court in Philadelphia

Hopkins and Kovalev hold court in Philadelphia

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Light Heavyweight kings Bernard Hopkins, 55-6-2, 32 KOs, the WBA/IBF 175-pound champion, and Sergey Kovalev, ...

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Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

By Miguel Maravilla Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo "Terremoto" Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) of Lincoln Heights by way of ...

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Porky’s revenge: Medina KOs Love

Porky's revenge: Medina KOs Love

By Karl Freitag Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME In a huge upset, super middleweight Rogelio "Porky" Medina (33-6, 27 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO ...

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WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBA #1 super flyweight David “Tornado” Sánchez (26-2-1, 20 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over WBA #10 rated flyweight ...

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Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Superstar Manny Pacquiao and New York's undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri make ...

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Boxing News

Holyfield-Valuev rematch?

A rematch between WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev and ring legend Evander Holyfield could take place after Valuev’s WBA-mandated fight against “champion in recess” Ruslan Chagaev. “Holyfield was impressive and the close result makes a rematch a possibility,” stated Sauerland Event managing director Chris Meyer. “But Nikolai has to fight Chagaev first. There is no need for Chagaev to fight a different opponent before because Nikolai is ready and waiting for him. After that, we will see what happens.” (more…)



December 20th, 2008



Boxing Result

Soto defeats Lorenzo!

WBC super featherweight interim champion Humberto Soto (46-7-2, 29 KOs) avenged his controversial DQ loss to Francisco Lorenzo (33-5, 14 KOs) last June by scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over Lorenzo on Saturday night at Parque Andres Quintana Roo in Cozumel, Mexico. It was a much more competitive encounter than their first fight with Lorenzo fighting furiously all the way through. Soto’s class prevailed, however, as he won 118-108, 117-109, 117-109. With the win, Soto became the WBC’s full champion and may now drop the interim moniker. The referee was Jay Nady, who deducted points from Lorenzo for fouls in round seven and eight.

Former WBC featherweight champion Guty Espadas Jr (44-7, 28 KOs) won a lop-sided ten round technical decision over journeyman Fredy Blandon (9-16, 5 KOs). The bout was stopped at 1:37 of the tenth after an unintentional headbutt cut Espadas over the left eye. Scores were 100-91, 100-90, 100-90.

Unbeaten lightweight Antonio Lozada Jr (18-0, 16 KOs) was forced to go the distance for the second time in his career. Lozada won a six round unanimous decision over late sub Tomas Sierra (10-7).



December 20th, 2008

Boxing News

Valuev edges Holyfield!

By Alexey Sukachev

WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs) retained his title with an unspectacular majority decision over legendary ex-champion Evander Holyfield (42-10-2, 27 KOs). Scores were 114-114, 115-114, 116-112. Both fighters started the contest very cautiously, however “The Real Deal” was able to score twice with lefts in the opening round while dancing away from Valuev’s lazy jab. The pattern was repeated in following two rounds, when the champion seemed to be too slow and too reluctant to force the action, while the challenger was a bit more active having some mild success in close quarters. In round four, Valuev began to land a counter right hook and added an uppercut on occasion. He also became more consistent with his jabs, throwing them with increased accuracy. Round five was close but Holyfield was a bit more active and precise. Round six turned out to be a crucial point as the Russian, seemingly behind on the scorecards, finally set the correct path for his jab and right in return.

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December 20th, 2008

Exclusive

Maskaev to get WBC title shot!

Will face winner of Klitschko-Gomez

By Matt Richardson

According to an exclusive memo obtained by Fightnews.com, former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev will get a chance to regain his title against the winner of a proposed fight between current champion Vitali Klitschko and mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez. According to the memo, sent by WBC president Jose Sulaiman last Monday, Klitschko is to fight Gomez by April 30, 2009 with a potential extension allowed to no later than June 30. With Gomez getting his title shot it will clear the way for Maskaev (35-6, 26 KO’s) to become the mandatory challenger. The winner of the Klitschko-Gomez fight then has 120 days to defend his title against Maskaev “with a possible extension of 60 additional days under extenuating circumstances.” A period of 30 days, according to the memo, will be allowed after the Klitschko-Gomez fight to negotiate a fight against Maskaev, which, if not completed accordingly, will then go thru the traditional purse offer procedure. (more…)



December 20th, 2008

Boxing News

Solo Boxeo Ends

By Bruce Trampler, Chief Matchmaker, Top Rank

For eight years, Telefutura’s highly-rated program was the most important factor in developing young boxing talent in the United States, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Numerous future champions and young contenders “made their bones” on the series, which reached greater audiences than any other televised boxing program. It’s time to sing the praises of the men who really made the show work for all of us, inside and outside of the boxing ring. A tremendous debt of gratitude is owed to network sports president David Downs and executive producer Art Izquierdo, the Univision executives who championed boxing on the network. Ring announcer extraordinaire Lupe Contreras, La Voz del Boxeo, has been a tremendous ambassador for the program and our sport. (more…)



December 17th, 2008

Boxing News

Pavlik, Cotto PPV twinbill!

Promoter Bob Arum revealed today that Top Rank is planning a major pay-per-view telecast on February 21 featuring WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik defending his title, plus two division champion Miguel Cotto fighting for the world title. The telecast will be split between two locations. Pavlik is expected to face Marco Antonio Rubio, while Cotto is expected to face Michael Jennings for the WBO welterweight belt vacated by Paul Williams.



December 1st, 2008

Boxing News

Kotelnik-Maidana Update!

WBA jr. welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik (30-2-1, 13 KOs) has informed Fightnews.com that he will fight against Argentinian puncher Rene Maidana (25-0, 24 KOs) in February. “I can inform that on February 7th I will fight against Maidana,” stated Kotelnik. “The fight contract is not signed yet, but he is my mandatory challenger. I don’t know about him much yet, but I will study him during preparation in Germany. Now I have begun preparations for the fight in the Ukraine. Why won’t I fight with Salita? First, I’ll knock out Maidana and then I’ll do a fight against Salita. If he wants this fight I’ll accept a call.”



November 24th, 2008

Boxing News

Brewster ready for Seldon

Former WBO heavyweight champion “Relentless” Lamon Brewster (34-4, 30 KOs) remains very confident approaching his 12-round clash with former WBA heavy champ Bruce Seldon (39-8, 35 KOs) on Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. “I’m feeling relaxed and ready,” Brewster said. “I’ve done everything I could do to prepare for Seldon. I’m a man of God and I’m going to leave it all in His hands. I feel very good about this fight. I expect him to come in guns blazing and be at his best. He realizes this is an opportunity to make a name for himself. It’s going to be a showdown. He’s no one to take lightly, his record speaks for himself. He’s beaten some big names in the past and it’s my job to not become a statistic. I feel like this is destiny for me to be fighting in front of my hometown. I am determined to put on a great fight and to show that I am truly the best heavyweight out there.”

Loads of heavyweights on the undercard. “Fast” Fres Oquendo (29-4, 18 KO) faces Gabe Brown (18-9, 12 KO); Danny Batchelder (25-6-1, 12 KOs) will face Otis Tisdale (25-22-1, 15 KOs); Chris Koval (24-4, 18 KOs) goes against Cruz Quintana; and local favorite Enrique “Yaqui” Ruiz, (20-4, 16 KO) will also be in action. In addition, former IBF cruiserweight champion Kelvin “Concrete” Davis (24-9, 17 KOs) will face James Brock and former light-heavyweight title challenger George “Honey Boy” Blades (21-4, 15 KOs) will face TBA. The show is the sophomore effort of Brewster’s own Relentless Events in association with Colin Bates’ CBelieve. For tickets ($17 to $152) call 317-239-5151.



November 23rd, 2008

Boxing News

Lennox wants $100 million!

43-year-old former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis says he will return for a rematch with Vitali Klitschko if someone coughs up $100 million. “It is not and it has never been about the money,” Lewis claimed to the London Independent. “I’ve had big offers again and again since the first day that I retired and I always say ‘No’. It is about respect and the glory. I have nothing to prove.”



November 23rd, 2008

Boxing News

Alvarez to face Pinzon

All Star Boxing, Inc. “The New Generation, Tuto Zabala, Jr. and Deportes TELEMUNDO will close their 2008 season on December 5th at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, FL. The main event will feature hot 18-year-old Mexican prospect Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez (22-0-1, 15 KOs), who will be defending his WBA FEDECENTRO welterweight title against power-punching challenger Raul “El Tendero” Pinzon (16-1, 15 KOs) in clash scheduled for twelve rounds. Also in action is jr. lightweight Orlando Gonzalez (12-1-1, 3 KOs), jr. middleweight Derrick Ennis (16-2-1, 12 KOs), and welterweight Sergio “The Cuban Kid” Garcia (8-6, 5 KOs) in separate bouts. Their opponents will be announced shortly. Seven fights are scheduled, doors open at 7:00 PM, first bout 8:00 PM. Tickets are already on sale at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming 500 SW 177 Ave. Miami, FL, by calling their ticket office at 1-877-242-6464 or at all Ticketmaster locations www.ticketmaster.com The main event will be televised live at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network.



November 23rd, 2008

Boxing Result

Rosas-Perez draw!

In a WBA flyweight eliminator, Mexican Francisco “Chiquita” Rosas and Venezuelan Jean Piero Perez battled to a twelve round draw on Saturday night in Monterrey, Mexico. In another battle, featherweight Ernesto Morales scored a second round knockout against Fernando “Torito” Torres in a bout for the Mexican national championship and an opportunity to contend for the WBA world championship.



November 23rd, 2008

Interview

Garay, Brähmer speak!

WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Hugo Garay: “I’ve had two bad experiences with fights in Germany. Therefore, I prepared even more intensively and decided to fight with my heart. Now I would like a title unification and to get revenge against Zsolt Erdei.
Challenger Jürgen Brähmer: I didn’t properly use my mobility. He imposed his tactics on me. That was very clever. Already in the first three rounds I didn’t fight how we really wanted to fight. I wanted to fight, but that’s not really my boxing style. I really counted too much on catchng him with something hard. But the experience of such a fight is very important for me. I will learn from it. We must take these fights to get to the top and that’s what I want. I started boxing to become a world champion and not only European champion. so I will continue to work on this dream. And I will do it. That I am sure. I can still be better. I noticed this in training. If I go on working hard, I get quickly get where I want to be. (more…)



November 23rd, 2008

Boxing Result

Godfrey wins in N. Dakota

In front of a standing room only crowd at the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge in New Town, North Dakota, three of CES’ rising stars, Matt Godfrey, Aaron Williams and Hank Lundy all put on impressive performances in securing victories on Saturday night. Godfrey (18-1, 10 KOs), the reigning NABF cruiserweight champion, added the brand new Sovereign Nations Boxing Council crown to his resume with an impressive shut-out performance over Eddie Gutierrez (15-6-1, 6 KOs). Scores were 100-90 twice and 99-91. Cruiserweight Aaron Williams (19-1-1, 13 KOs) scored a seventh round KO against David Williams (5-2-1, 2 KOs), and rising lightweight prospect Hank Lundy (12-0-1, 6 KOs) topped Ben Odamattey (13-12-2, 5 KOs) over six.



November 23rd, 2008

Boxing News

Pacman Turkey Giveaway!

Four-time world champion Manny Pacquiao gives away 500 turkeys to his many loyal fans at the Lake Street Park in Historic Filipino Town in Los Angeles Sunday. Pacquiao wished Happy Thanksgiving to all of them and said the turkeys were his gift to them for their support. Pacquiao is in training for his upcoming world welterweight rumble ‘Dream Match’ against the ‘Golden Boy’ Oscar De La Hoya on Saturday,December 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Golden Boy and Top Rank present De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao which will available on HBO Pay Per View.



November 23rd, 2008

Boxing News

Hatton: ‘I took care of business!’

Most fighters have a hard time returning to the scene that delivered their most heartbreaking loss. Ricky Hatton was soundly pummeled and knocked out by Floyd Mayweather Jr. just one year ago at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. After the beating, questions arose of Hatton’s status in the boxing world. Some said he was simply overrated while others stated he was nearing the end of his rope. Judging by Saturday night’s brilliant performance back at the MGM against the No. 2 junior welterweight in the world, Paulie Malignaggi, the naysayers may have been a bit premature in their assumptions . . . . Click here for more



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